Books, Bucket List, Bullet Journal, Life, Running

My Day Zero Project

So, the premise of the day zero project is to complete 101 tasks in 1001 days. These tasks are intended to be things that are challenging or interesting to you. Things you might not otherwise try to do. So, in the vein of accountability, I’m going to list the 52 things that I have on my list currently. I am also open to suggestions, if anyone has a suggestion about things to do that should or could go on my list. My official start date was July 1, 2017. That means I have util February 26, 2020 to finish everything. I still need 49 things. It’s a bit varied and there is some overlap… and some places where I’m not overlapping. It’s my project that will hopefully get me adventuring again. I will update when I make some progress (I have started on a couple of things). Wish me luck!

My list is

1. Go on a road trip
2. Complete a 365 day photo challenge
3. Do some volunteer work
4. No fast food for a month
5. Write a book
6. See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen
7. Complete a coloring book
8. Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over
9. Learn a poem by heart
10. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
11. Get a facial
12. Go rockclimbing
13. Attend the New Orleans Jazz Festival
14. See the Northern Lights
15. Make a Christmas song playlist
16. Mail a letter to Santa
17. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
18. See the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree
19. Host a cookie-baking party
20. Deliver homemade holiday treats to someone unexpected
21. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger
22. Have a Christmas cookie swap
23. Learn meditation
24. Learn to make cheese
25. Learn to longboard
26. Write one page of my novel every day for a year
27. Learn how to paint with oils
28. Blog at least once a week for a year
29. Take a photo of the same place every month for a year
30. Run a 5K every month for a year
31. Send one handwritten letter per month for a year
32. Bake something new every month for a year
33. Spend an afternoon taking photos once a month for a year
34. Complete the 52 week money challenge
35. Keep a blog for a year
36. Drink from a coconut
37. Swim in every ocean
38. Visit a friend in a different country
39. Attend a TED event
40. Sleep in an overnight train
41. Save $500 in an emergency fund
42. Perform 5 random acts of kindness
43. Complete a 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge
44. Complete a 30 Day Yoga Challenge
45. Climb an indoor rock wall
46. Go to Disneyland from opening to closing
47. Make a pie on Pi day
48. Eat lobster in Maine
49. Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet
50. Make a list of the top 5 people who have positively influenced me and write them letters
51. Keep a “My Day in Six Words” journal for 6 months
52. Read 50 books
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Bucket List, Bullet Journal, Life, Nursing School, Travel, Writing

Day Zero Project

So, I am an adventurer of sorts. When I graduated from college I decided that I needed a fresh start. I moved from Rhode Island to Boston. Granted, this isn’t a huge move but I was going from a place where I knew a lot of people and the area to a place where I really didn’t know anybody. Just because. When I picked a college, I deliberately picked a school where I would know nobody. Just because. I have a desire to go to places that I don’t know and where I don’t know anybody. I feel a need to find new places and explore new things. And in the past several years I haven’t been able to do those things. Or at least, that’s how I’ve felt. But I had no idea how to get out of that rut. Until I found this.

The Day Zero Project, as I’m working on it is to do 101 thing in 1001 days (or just under three years). I have started working on a list of things that I want to do. These are not all things that involve travel but they are things that are pushing me to do things that I never would have done otherwise. So, as of July 1st, I am officially on the path to completing 101 tasks by February 26, 2020.

Now, honestly, I don’t have 101 things on my list yet. I actually only have 51 things. So I need to add 50 things still. But some of my tasks are not exactly earth shaking. However, I tried to pick things that would push me to do things that are different. For example, one of my tasks is to ask 20 friends to choose a book for me to read. That’s 20 books that other people think I should read. Some of them may be books I don’t like, but I think it’s important to see other people’s ideas. Hence, the task. Other goals are ore challenging and will require me to get creative. For example, run a 5K a month for a year. I don’t think I can do that while I’m in nursing school, so it needs to wait until I finish (which granted isn’t to much longer, but still). Some things are travel related, like sleeping in a travel train and eating a lobster in Maine. But others are simple like perform five random acts of kindness for strangers.

If you are interested in the project, you can visit the site for ideas at Day Zero Project. I am hoping that this will get me jump started on my bucket list as well. My bucket list is a source of consternation for me because I have done almost nothing on it and I’ve had it for quite awhile now. I keep using nursing school as an excuse but it honestly does eat a huge amount of time since I have to work on the weekends and have school five days a week. This will get less difficult once I finish this first part but that’s still eleven months away.

As an aside, I have almost finished week three of eight. There is very little of this first class left – just next week, really and then it’s on to a second class in another four weeks. This is a hard road since it’s almost no time to think about what we’re learning and that frustrates me but I keep reminding myself that I just need to get through this. The fall will be better, with less stress, even though the work load may be heavier. More time always means a little less stress.

So that’s it, my lovely readers. Take a gander at day zero, if you’d like and see what kinds of adventures you can embark upon. Find yourself and be that. Until tomorrow!

Bucket List, Life, Nursing School

What’s after nursing school?

This is the question, right? I mean, all this time in school needs to lead somewhere. The ultimate question is where. I’ve alluded to this before. At it’s heart is a question of where my strengths lie and how I can best grow as a person and help others. This is no easy question to answer. After all, there are a few things that could be affected by this decision. And it’s also not all about working although that’s the most important point. It’s also a question of where I want to continue my education and what I want to do later on in my life.

I’ll answer the work question first. It’s actually the place where I feel like I have the most options. I have almost always worked with kids of varying ages. I started babysitting when I was 14 years old. While I was in college I became a lifeguard and taught swim lessons to preschoolers. After college, I spent some time as an after school counselor. Then of course, I spent 12 years as a high school science teacher. Clearly, kids are my forte. I already know a lot about children and I enjoy working with them. My thoughts in regard to nursing are in the same vein. I want to work in pediatrics in some way. Whether that’s a PICU or a regular floor in a children’s hospital, I don’t know yet but I feel like that’s where I’m going to be most comfortable. I have also given thought to a labor and delivery unit as I really enjoyed the time I spent on that unit for clinicals. I’ll have to spend some time thinking on it and looking at job options once I get closer to finishing.

Then there is the question of more education. I know that I need to get a BSN. This is my personality but also due to the fact that many employers prefer that degree. So working towards that is going to happen no matter what. I also am considering after that point though. There are a lot of possible avenues there. I could get a master’s that would allow me to teach or one that would allow me to be a nurse practitioner. Both of those options are appealing for different reasons. The ultimate answer may come after I’ve worked for awhile and figured out whether my strengths lie in a classroom as they have before or if they lie in a clinical setting. I may need to consider whether I want a master’s in a pediatric field (for example pediatric nurse practitioner) which may have more limited options in this area. Whether the option to do that online exists, I don’t know because I haven’t looked that far ahead yet. Knowing myself as I do, however, it is very likely that I’ll get a master’s degree eventually.

Then there’s the issue of my bucket list. One of the things on that list is to get a doctorate degree. I know that I am academically capable of that but again, the question of what that degree would be in comes up. That’s a question that I obviously don’t need to answer right this minute but I do need to be able to answer eventually.

Right now, I suppose that I really need to take a deep breath and keep my eyes focused on the immediate. The list of reading that was emailed today for the first unit in summer classes. We start with immunity, a topic that I am very interested in although I struggled with it somewhat the last time we addressed it. That seems to be a trend with me to some extent – areas that I struggle with are sometimes some of my favorite. Maybe because of the challenge that they present. Either way, I will likely look at those readings tomorrow and see what they look like. Some of the sections are short but others are entire chapters so there’s a good bit of reading. Every time, a little bit more. One foot in front of the other.

Reminder to myself… I still need to do the remediation for my Kaplan assessment for last class. I may go back and do those tomorrow as well. At least it’s short.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Bucket List, Bullet Journal

That Bucket List again…

I made a reference to my bucket list previously. If you recall, it involved writing, which I have started working on but I don’t have enough finished yet to post anything. I’m still in a planning stage but I am working on it. Today reminded me of my bucket list again.

Why? Simple. Today is Patriot’s Day where I grew up and lived for a good part of my life. Massachusetts is the only state that still celebrates Patriot’s Day, as far as I know. Patriot’s Day is also the day, every year, when the Boston Marathon is run.

Having grown up hearing about that marathon makes it somewhat mythical in my mind. It’s one of the marathons that everybody knows. It is a very competitive race with thousands of applicants each year. I would love to be able to run it. It is very unlikely that I will ever be fast enough to do so. There are other ways to be able to participate but I don’t see any of those ever happening. I won’t rule it out as impossible but it’s not likely. That’s why my bucket list simply says: Run a marathon. A few years back I ran a half marathon. It was difficult and involved a lot of training and honestly, I did not prepare for that race as well as I should have. I persevered and finished the race but it was rough. I have not done any real distance since then.

Today, I ran 2.62 miles, a nod to Boston in my own way (as opposed to the 26.2 miles that so many ran today). I am a long way from the place I was when I ran the half and so even further from that goal of 26.2 miles. I am working on so many other things right now that I don’t have the time I would need to even consider that kind of training. Plus, I need to be able to move a further distance than I did today and I worked hard today. I also ran at a bad time but that’s another issue. I need to find time to train that’s not the middle of the day.

I guess that’s the thing about a bucket list – some things may not happen. I have 13 things on my list right now and it’s open to change. Honestly, some of the other things on my list are more important to me. For example, I also want to hike at least part of both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Coast Trail. Not all of them because again, that’s a huge time commitment but I would like to hike at least part of the trail in each state. Or maybe hike each state one by one, which is likely a more reasonable goal.

I also have goals that are more attainable on the list like going to a Star Trek convention at some point. It’s something that I would love to do but have never done and could do easily with some planning. I also want to go on a Bigfoot expedition. If you know of anybody who can help in that regard, please let me know because that would just be awesome. It’s hard to get into that circle. I could certainly go it on my own but it would be more fun with a group.

If you’re young, please start working on your bucket list. These goals would have been more attainable with more time in front of me. I know that I have plenty of time but I also recognize that time moves very quickly. Sometimes much faster than we realize and it very quickly gets passed without us making progress towards our goals and I mean personal as well as career. I have a lot of goals that I want to reach and some days I feel like I don’t have enough time.

In the meantime, I’ll keep working on the bucket list. Every time I reach a new goal I get closer to checking some things off the list. That’s exciting. Make your list. Check things off of it. Grow, travel, adventure, work out, do what you want to in this life. Make it great. Until next time, lovely people, live well!

Bucket List

The Great Bucket List

Several years ago, I wrote a bucket list. Things I wanted to do, obviously. Unfortunately, at the time, I was in the midst of my own personal hell (otherwise known as my former job) and managed to do a total of none of them. I rediscovered the list several months ago and began rethinking it and whether I wanted to do those things. My decision was that yes, I really did want to do those things, so I put the list in my bullet journal. Now, this post is not about that whole list and everything on it. It’s not a real long list (although it’ll probably get longer) but all of the things on it are do-able. At least, I think they are. But there is one that gives me reason to pause. I don’t know what to do with it. It’s the first thing on the list actually (well, the first thing on the original list).

#1. Write a book

Yup, that’s what it said. I don’t know what to do with this. Here’s why. I originally thought about writing a book when I was 15 years old. That was a long time ago and I’m sure at the time I had a lot of ideas. I never started anything. Or if I did, it was long ago tossed. I certainly never finished anything. In fact, every few years, I get an idea in my head. The ideas never make it to paper though. Part of that is because I don’t feel like I’m a good writer. I don’t spell well (thank heaven for spell checkers!) and my grammar is questionable at times. I know I was taught all the rules of grammar, I just don’t always know how to apply them. Sometimes between my spelling and my grammar, my language skills are questionable at best. This should not be a reflection on my teachers. They did a fantastic job. That lack of skill is all on me. I digress. I don’t think I’m a good writer.

The irony of that statement is this blog. Here I sit, writing. It’s a different kind of writing though. I have virtually no audience, all of whom are friends of mine and not going to tear apart my terrible English language skills. If I had a larger audience, I would likely be more hesitant to write as much. There’s no intent here either, other than to share my life. If I spell a word wrong along the way, so be it. Writing a book is a whole other task and one that is also likely to never find an audience. I’m a realist… possibly even a pessimist about what it takes to get a book published. There are millions of people who fancy themselves authors and never get a book published.

However, the list said to write the book, not to get it published. So good readers, after some thought, I have decided to throw caution to the wind and say, why not. Occasionally, you may find yourself reading snippets of story because I feel like writing story instead of blog. I promise, I will try to make it interesting. There’s no schedule here and no deadline. I simply want to see if I can get an entire story written, from start to finish. I have an idea. It’s a mystery. It’s also a bit supernatural. It’s a pretty silly idea, honestly. However, I’m not going to let my fear of being unable to do something keep me from doing it. At least, not this particular thing (some things fear tells us not to do and we should listen). So, be gentle should you find yourself reading something ridiculous. I never claimed to be good at this.

I hope that everybody has a fantastic week and I’ll be back tomorrow with more craziness. Who know what I’ll come up with for tomorrow. Until then wonderful people!